The government will work with the states, private businesses, and public groups to establish the recharging stations “to enable coast-to-coast zero-emission mobility on our nation’s highways,” the White House said in a statement.
Electric car makers Nissan, BMW, General Motors and a number of major power companies are among the companies participating in the initiative.
The move also will better support companies, states and cities building their own fleets of electric cars, trucks and buses, the White House said.
“The Obama Administration is committed to taking responsible steps to combat climate change, increase access to clean energy technologies, and reduce our dependence on oil.”
Currently there are more than 16,000 charging stations around the country, up from 500 in 2008, but still dwarfed by the number of gasoline stations, around 150,000 according to industry figures, the statement said.